LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Pacific Corporation (Nasdaq: APFC) announced today that Aslam Malik, Ph.D., President of its wholly-owned subsidiary Ampac Fine Chemicals LLC, has joined the Board of Governors of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates ("SOCMA"), the leading U.S.-based trade association representing the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. SOCMA supports chemical manufacturers with commercial and networking opportunities, advocates for the passage of rational laws and regulation, and works to increase public confidence in the industry. Dr. Malik has over 24 years of industrial experience in the scale-up and production of fine chemicals, and has served as the President of Ampac Fine Chemicals since December 2005. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of Chemical and Engineering News and a past member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Sacramento State University. He has 21 publications and is an inventor/co-inventor of 56 U.S. and International patents. "As a SOCMA member, I look forward to assisting the Board in ensuring that the mission, policies and strategic direction of the association are aligned with membership needs," said Aslam Malik. "We are pleased to welcome Aslam Malik as the newest member of SOCMA's Board of Governors and appreciate the expertise and energy he will bring to this role," said Dr. Larry Brotherton, Chairman of the Board and President and CEO of Ortec, Inc. "I am confident that Aslam will help us successfully lead this organization into the future." SOCMA's Board of Governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility, and helps industry management develop business plans to deliver member value. Through regular meetings, the Board ensures effective organizational planning and sees that association resources are managed responsibly.